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Nu'ulua, not to be confused with Nu'ulua 200 meters west of Ofu, is an island in Samoa in the Aleipata Islands situated more than 1.3 km from the eastern end of Upolu in Samoa.

Nu'ulua has a land area of 25 hectares and is a habitat for locally and regionally endemic birds including the endangered tooth-billed pigeon, (Didunculus strigirostris), also known as Samoan pigeon, and an endemic bat (Pteropus samoensis).[1]

Together with Nu'utele, another small island in the Aleipata Islands, the two isles hold the largest seabird colonies in Samoa and identified as highly significant sites for conservation. The conservation project has included efforts to eradicate the presence of Pacific rats (Rattus exulans) which prey on native insects, birds and lizards on the islands.[2]

These islets are remnants of eroded volcanic tuff ring.[3]

Ownership of both islands rests with customary chiefly titles in the villages of Aleipata on Upolu.

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  1. ^ [1] Global Endemic Species Database. Retrieved 25 October 2009
  2. ^ [2] Cooperative Islands Initiative. Retrieved 25 October 2009
  3. ^ [3] Restoration of Nu'utele and Nu'ulua Islands, Samoa by David J. Butler, April 2005, SPREP. Retrieved 25 October 2009

Coordinates: 14°04′22″S 171°24′38″W / 14.0728°S 171.4106°W / -14.0728; -171.4106